Culture

Aboriginal cultural heritage: The high costs of preservation

The Weekly Times

THE decision in a Seymour court last week to impose a hefty fine on a Wahring farmer for knowingly harming Aboriginal cultural heritage is a lesson for all. The Weekly Times Alan James Tweddle was hit with a $20,000 fine for extracting sand from a quarry on his property that had been deemed an Aboriginal site. This is the… Aboriginal cultural heritage… Read More »

Political Islam Is Today’s Anti-American ‘Long March Through The Institutions’

Islam - The Federalist

Political Islam implies a constitutional order fundamentally incompatible with the U.S. Constitution and the ‘constitution of liberty’ that is the foundation of the American way of life. Ayaan Hirsi Ali The Federalist It is refreshing and heartening that President Trump acknowledges the need for an ideological campaign against “radical Islam.” This deserves to… Political Islam Is… Read More »

How the rise of a liberal, social media–savvy generation is changing Chinese society

China - VOX

BEIJING — Lucifer does not follow Chinese politics. Alec Ash VOX The 28-year-old musician in Beijing — who chose his English name “to be different” — doesn’t read state media. He cannot name… How the rise… Read More »

The West is Becoming Irrelevant, The World is Laughing

West - Global Research

I was recently told by an Asian friend of mine who is working in Paris: “Lately I stopped following almost all that is happening politically in the United States, in the UK and even here in France. It all feels suddenly so irrelevant, a waste of time.” Andre Vltchek Global Research Statements like this would be unimaginable only one decade ago. In the past, what came from Washington and (to a smaller extent) from London was monitored with great attentiveness ... Read More »

America Seeks to Destroy Syrian Civilization, Replace it With Terrorism and Ignorance

Syria - Global Reseacrh

NATO/GCC/Israeli proxy terrorists in Syria have committed all manner of atrocities with a view to destroying Syria’s culture, history, economy, pluralism, its very essence. Mark Taliano Global Research They want to create a blank slate. They want to… America Seeks to… Read More »

‘We’re all human beings’: Harmony Day celebrated across the country

Humanity - SBS

Australians have marked Harmony Day with events highlighting the nation’s cultural diversity across the country. SBS Harmony Day is celebrated on the same day as the annual United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. To mark the… ‘We’re all human… Read More »

Ancient palace emerges from under Mosul shrine destroyed by IS

Archeological findings are pictured inside an underground tunnel in east Mosul on March 6, 2017. 
Two winged bulls dating from the Assyrians empire were found in a labyrinth of narrow underground tunnels dug by the Islamic State group in east Mosul. The impressive maze of tunnels dug by the jihadists to carry out archaeological excavations is located in the heart of the hill that houses the tomb of the Prophet Jonah (Nabi Younes). / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

BAGHDAD — The capture of the shrine of the prophet Yunus in Mosul on Jan. 19 from the Islamic State (IS), whose fighters rigged the shrine and blew it up July 24, 2014, revealed the extent of the destruction inflicted by the… Adnan Abu Zeed Al Monitor The palace highlights the significant historical value of the site, dating back to the Assyrian Empire, which began emerging hundreds of centuries before the Christian era. Sheikh Abdullatif Hemayem… Ancient palace emerges… Read More »

An immigration-reform plan for the age of Trump

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Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, hasn’t given up on immigration reform. Ramesh Ponnuru AEI He was in the Senate to watch comprehensive bills he favored fall apart in 2006, 2007, and 2013. He was one… An immigration-reform… Read More »

War against the west – the enemy within

Asia Times

In 1938, Aurel Kolnai, a Hungarian philosopher of Jewish origin living in exile, published his most famous book, The War Against the West, an investigation of the ideas underpinning national socialism. Ian Buruma Asia Times Kolnai seems to have read every turgid treatise – most written by third-rate thinkers – extolling the martial, self-sacrificing, blood-and-soil virtues of the “land of heroes,” and damning the materialistic, liberal democratic… War against the… Read More »

Why the world should embrace globalization

Asia Times

Globalization means different things to different people. Ken Moak Asia Times For this article it is defined in economic, geopolitical, cultural and social terms. The economics part… Why the world… Read More »

Making Athens Great Again

Amphoreas 1a by Owen Davey LLLL

How does a citizen respond when a democracy that prides itself on being exceptional betrays its highest principles? REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN The Atlantic Plato despaired, but he also pointed the way to renewal. What happens when a society, once a model for enlightened progress, threatens to… Making Athens Great… Read More »

Beauty in the Bible: Illustrating world’s most widely distributed book

Bible - CNN

(CNN) – It’s the world’s best-selling and most widely distributed book, but most modern Bibles, with their dense black-and-white pages and often austere covers, are not normally associated with art. Georgia McCafferty CNN However, this wasn’t always the case. For centuries, rich… Beauty in the… Read More »

How culture could help end Palestinian divisions

Palestinian artists perform at al-Shawa theatre in Gaza City March 9, 2010. Live theatre is rare in the Gaza Strip; public criticism of its Islamist rulers is rare too. So perhaps it was no surprise that a play which gives vent to Palestinians' frustrations with their leaders should be a hit. Picture taken March 9, 2010. To match Reuters Life! PALESTINIANS-GAZA/THEATRE   REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR2BXPY

Amid the deteriorating economic conditions plaguing the Gaza Strip, culture has become the least of society’s daily needs. Asmaa al-Ghoul Al Monitor Watching a play or listening to poems is no longer on the list of Gazans’ priorities at a time when unemployment increases by the day and the economy tilts on the brink of collapse. The number of… How culture could… Read More »

Rwanda Rugby: Sport helps heal wounds in ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’

Rwanda - CNN

(CNN) – Kamanda Tharcisse’s voice is barely a whisper as he recalls the events of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Matt Majendie CNN An estimated one million people were killed during a 100-day period, among them Tharcisse’s father and two brothers. Aged 13, he… Rwanda Rugby: Sport… Read More »

It’s never too late to learn

India - Asia Times

Newfound literacy for 30 grandmothers has reaped rewards for not only themselves but their entire community Anusha Venkat Asia Times Just after lunch, Kantabai Laxman More makes the short walk to her school – nothing but a thatched shed put up under a mango tree that’s much younger than her. And she is… It’s never too… Read More »

The Culture War Surrounding Trump’s Travel Restrictions

Culture - The NI

America’s battle over the immigration ban has less to do with national security and more to do with cultural preferences. James Jay Carafano The National Interest Decades ago Samuel Huntington penned a dismal, dystopian tome about the future of conflict. He predicted a… The Culture War… Read More »